Show Information - Frequently Asked Questions
Naturally, there are a lot of questions when it comes to entering our show. This list of
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will provide some of the answers.
NOTE: For 2020, we will have a Virtual Exhibit instead of a Judged Show. These
questions apply primarily to our Judged Show.
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General Entry Questions
I'm not a member of your guild or the EGA. May I enter your show?
I received a ribbon at my county fair for this piece. May I still enter it in your show?
I stitched my piece 15 years ago, and just moved to the area. Can I enter it in this year's show?
I entered this piece in your show three years ago. There's a different
judge this year. May I enter the piece again?
No, pieces may only be entered in our show for judging once.
In 2001, I entered a piece in your exhibit. There was no judging that year.
May I enter the piece to be to be judged this year?
Yes, it has not been entered for judging in our show before.
Begining in 2022, there is an option to enter a piece for Display Only. May I enter a piece that was
previously judged? May I enter it in a future judged show?
No, in both cases. Any Display Only entry may only be entered in one show.
Questions regarding Classifications
What is the difference between Adaptation and Interpretation?
The main difference is that Adaptation comes from a non-needlework source
and Interpretation comes from a needlework source.
If I make any change to a Commercial pattern, does that make it an Interpretation?
Not necessarily. Assess the overall changes made, how they impact the piece and the extent
of work by the stitcher to the design.
A minor alteration (for example, changing an outline
color from black to dark brown or changing the size of the beads that embellish a piece to better
fit the scale) are not interpretations.
A major color change (for example, a totally different
scheme from the published Sudoku Serendipity pattern) or converting a cross-stitch pattern to
square-stitch beading is considered an interpretation.
Fourth of July Door (Jody Adams design). "I stitched the flag
on 36-count linen and appliquéd it to the canvas. I buried over 100 threads
in the piece."
When compared to the original design, these
changes are minor alterations. This is still a Commercial design.
Spring Door (Jody Adams design). "I changed the tree and added grass,
spring flowers and appliquéd the porch light."
More documentation is needed. It could be an Interpretation if there are
significant changes to the impact of the piece (e.g., if new foliage were charted
to change the season from summer to spring.)
All the Trees of the Field (Eileen Bennett's Knoxville sampler design). "I
wanted a sample to match the décor of my living room, so I deleted, added and changed
various elements. I graphed the Bible verse from Isaiah. It had to be stitched over one to
fit in the upper portion of the sampler, and I had to change the placement of the pine trees.
The small birds at the bottom of the original design became eagles soaring above the trees."
From the description and photo of the original design provided, it was clear that the changes
made a large impact to the piece. Under our new guidelines, this piece is an Interpretation.
If I take a photo of something and create a needlework piece from that, should it be entered
as an Original design or as an Adaptation?
Consider the amount of design work done to create the piece.
If the photo provided the
starting point, and you decided on the stitches and other elements to include, it should be
entered in the Original classification.
If you used a commercial program
(for example, PC Stitch) to convert the photo directly to a DMC color chart, and no other
design choices were made, then it should be entered in the Adaptation classification.
Questions regarding Categories
If I have a cross-stitch piece with a small inset of hardanger or embellished
with beads, is that Mixed Technique?
No. If the piece is predominately cross-stitch, enter it in that category.
The Mixed Technique category is for pieces that have significant amounts of multiple techniques.
If you can't decide if a piece has a predominant type, then enter it in Mixed Technique.
If my canvas piece has silk, metallic threads and a small line of real metal, should it
be entered in Canvas or Silk and Metal? How much metal is needed?
Assess the amount of metal in the piece. A small quantity used for embellishment is not
significant, and the piece should be entered in the Canvas category.
The Sun Dragon designed by Dorothy Lesher. This is stitched on congress cloth
using mostly silk and Kreniek threads. Jaceron is couched along the underbelly.
The metal in this piece is an embellishment, and is not used extensively. This design
should be entered in the Canvas category.
Butterfly with Ribands designed by Margret Kinsey. This is stitched on congress
cloth using silk, Jaceron, Japanese gold and some Kreniek threads.
The amount of Jaceron and Japanese gold in this piece is significant. It is an integral
part of the design, and not a simple embellishment. This design should be entered
in the Silk and Metal category.
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This page was last updated on August 6, 2022.